Last updated: Jul 9, 2003
The structure of this class is intended to be lab-style with students actually
participating in the construction of performance and capacity models using a
variety of public domain and commercial tools such as:
- PDQ - Pretty Damn Quick open source performance analyzer.
- TeamQuest Model - Commercial performance modeling tool.
- EXCEL - It's not just a spreadsheet! It's a programming environment.
- Mathematica - A general purpose commercial symbolic computation program.
- SPEED - From Performance Engineering Associates.
- R - Free-ware version of commercial S+ statistical product.
all under the guidance of Dr. Gunther.
The class size will be restricted to a relatively small number (10-15). So, book early,
is available. Additional registration details are provided at the end of this page,
or contact Performance Dynamics Educational Services on 530-873-0575 for seating availability.
You must have attended either Practical Performance Methods at Stanford University
or Guerrilla Capacity Planning
to qualify for this class. This ensures you have had some exposure to basic performance
analysis concepts used in this class.
All students will be required to bring their own laptop computers.
This is necessary so that you can work on your own using the above tools on
selected performance problems.
I am looking for case studies to analyze in the class. If you would like to apply
Guerrilla techniques to your particular environment, this is the place to do it.
Please fill out this
page for the latest scheduling information.
Class begins at 9am and ends at 5pm during each day.
A serviced morning break of half an hour at 10:30am.
Seated Lunch service is provided from Noon until 1pm.
A serviced afternoon break of half an hour at 3:00pm.
Day 1: Theory and Tools
- Queueing Tools
Fundamental performance metrics and relations
Simple queues: D/D/1, M/D/1, M/M/1, M/M/m, M/G/1
Mr. Erlang and friends
- Scalability Tools
Amdahl scaling bounds
Super-serial scaling model
Estimating parameters using EXCEL regression tools
Day 2: Case Studies
Day 3: Lab Sessions
- The actual content will be determined, in part, by the kind of scenarios
that attendees submit using this Proposal Form.
Terms and Conditions
page for current pricing.
Early Bird: if registered 14 days in advance of the course.
Corporate discounts for THREE (3) or more people from the same company are also
available. Enquire when you book. Once a seat is booked, a penalty of $500 will
be imposed for a one-time transfer of that seat to another session date.
Inability to attend after such a one-time transfer will automatically forfeit
the entire registration fee.
Requests for refunds must be received in writing at least 14 days before the
start date of the course. Substitutions may be made at any time.
Information will be sent upon receipt of enrollment. A packet will include
airport and transportation options.
All confirmed reservations must be must be
accompanied by a purchase order number, a check for the tuition, or credit card
information for billing. Courtesy Reservations will be held for up to 30 days in
order for paperwork to be processed so long as there is suffcient time and
adequate space in thecourse.
No textbook is planned for this class.
Location: Crowne Plaza Hotel
All instruction takes place in the seminar ballrooms at the
Crowne Plaza Hotel
11950 Dublin Canyon Rd, in PLEASANTON, California
(near the intersection of the 580 and 680 freeways).
The city of Pleasanton is right next door to Castro Valley.
There are no hotels in the unincorporated city of Castro Valley.
Please note: You must book your own hotel room with the Crowne by calling (925)847-6000
A block of rooms has been set aside for Guerrilla students at
rate. Students must make their own reservations by
calling (925)847-6000 and identifying themselves as a Performance Dynamics
enrollee. You cannot book a room online at this special rate. You must call the
hotel and tell'em we sent you.
Breakfast, lunch, morning and afternoon breaks will be catered for by the hotel
each day. See the
Mini Survival Guide
explaining how to get to the hotel and a list of local restaurants to eat at, once you
If you decide to take the
BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit)
train, call the Crowne Plaza 1-925-847-6000 from the train on your cellphone and
they will pick you up at the Pleasanton BART-station (not the Castro Valley station)
and shuttle you to the hotel.
People coming from the 'Right' Coast may want to check air fares at JetBlue.
Last May 2001, some students flew from New York to Oakland direct for $300 return.
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